1997 BOSTON RED SOX ...
REVERSING THE CURSE, PART 1 ... THE NOMAR ERA BEGINS
 

Richie Ashburn   Lou Clinton   John Vander Meer   Bill Jurgess
Died: Sept 9th   Died: Dec 6th   Died: Oct 6th   Died: March 3rd



The 1997 Red Sox was a team in flux. A few years removed from an impressive string of playoff appearances, they had become an ill-fitted collection of fading veterans, young players and a few legit stars.  The year before they had fallen just short of the playoffs. Then ownership, perceived by the fanbase as meddling, let the manager go and their star pitcher as well.

The great run that had begun in 1986 and ended with the 1995 Division Series and mad-dash attempt for the 1996 playoffs that fell just short, had ended. Roger Clemens and Mike Greenwell would be gone and the new cast was unclear.

General manager Dan Duquette decided to not sign Clemens and he filed for free agency. Clemens and Duquette had grown tired of one another. Clemens was accustomed to being the big star and having the front office cater to him. He thought that because of all he had done for the Red Sox, he deserved the biggest contract in baseball. Duquette however, thought Clemens was in the twilight of his career and not worthy of a long-term deal. The Red Sox seemed to recognize that the Clemens departure would change the dynamic of the ball club. In a statement issued to the press the Red Sox management seemed less inclined to go after a championship but was more interested in providing their fans a friendly Fenway Park experience. 

 

On November 19th the Red Sox selected Jimy Williams to be their new manager. The choice however excited no one as Williams had to prove that the way he managed was better than his unexciting demeanor in public. A month after the McNamara signing, Clemens signed a four-year deal with Toronto.

Duquette continued to sign players on the fringe, getting outfielder Shane Mack and adding sore armed pitchers Steve Avery and Brett Saberhagen, while trading Josť Canseco to Oakland for John Wasdin..

Spring training started and Nomar Garciaparra, who had briefly come up at the end of the 1996 season was moved to shortstop in favor of John ValentinValentin angrily walked out of spring training when he was moved over to second base, but Nomar was clearly the better player. This was the first of a series of troubles that manager Jimy Williams had to deal with.

The Sox opened the 1997 season with the Angels in Anaheim on April 2nd. In the ninth inning, the Red Sox trailed 5 to 2 with Darren Bragg and Nomar Garciaparra striking out against closer Troy Percival. The Angels were one strike away from winning the game for the next 20 minutes. John Valentin started a rally with a double and then Mo Vaughn walked on a 3-2 pitch. Reggie Jefferson got an infield hit and Tim Naehring walked.  Rudy Pemberton was hit by a pitch and Troy O'Leary beat out an infield hit to put Boston ahead 6 to 5. It was the Red Sox best opening day come back since 1902.

On April 5th in Seattle, the Red Sox mounted another ninth inning comeback, scoring four runs, three of which came from Nomar's first home run of the year.  The Sox finished their first road trip and came back to Fenway Park at 4-4.

The Sox came home to meet the Mariners and lost the first two games, but on April 13th they won their first home game, 7-1.  Nomar had two doubles, but it was Tim Naehring's grandslam that clinched it.  On April 16th, it was Mo Vaughn Vaughn went 11 games before hitting his first home run and then hit two three-run shots in consecutive innings, powering the Red Sox past Cleveland, 11-6, for their fourth straight win. The Sox closed out their initial homestand, 5-4 in 2nd place.

The Sox took to the road and at Jacobs Field, On April 22nd, Garciaparra went 4 for 4, in an 8-2 rout of the Indians, hitting the first pitch of the game for a home run and barely slowing down thereafter. Nomar doubled, singled twice, drove in two runs and scored three. He also walked, putting him on base all five times he came to the plate, stole a base, and scored on a dash to the plate after a sacrifice fly. Garciaparra was batting .457 (16 for 35) during an eight-game hitting streak, raising his overall average to .349. In that stretch, he had four doubles, a triple, two home runs, nine runs, six RBIs, and three stolen bases.

Then Nomar propelled the team to a 2-1 win, with a 12th inning home run in Baltimore on April 24th.  Back home on April 30th, both Nomar and Mo Vaughn led a brutal Sox attack  on the Angels.

 

The Sox lost 14 of 17 games during the first three weeks of May.  Few players other than Vaughn and Garciaparra were hitting well.  On May 17th, in Minnesota, Tom Gordon shutout the Twins 4-0, and on May 22nd, the last-place Red Sox exploded for 19 hits, in an 8-2 victory that put a chill on the weekday afternoon crowd in New York. Gordon cruised for the second straight outing and got plenty of help: five hits by Wil Cordero and a three-run homer from Mike Stanley. Mo Vaughn launched one into the third deck at Yankee Stadium.

At Fenway on May 26th the Sox brought back some of the "Magic" when Tim Naehring smacked a double off the left field wall in the 9th inning, to score Wil Cordero and Jeff Frye, giving the Sox a 3-2 walk-off.

Vaughn had perhaps his best day ever in a Boston uniform on May 30th against the Yankees at Fenway Park.  In five plate appearances, he was perfect. He singled off the wall, homered into the Red Sox bullpen, homered to left-center, walked, and homered into the Red Sox bullpen again, as the Sox beat the Yankees 10 to 4.  However the Red Sox remained in last place.

June started off with a string of losses to the Yankees, Brewers and Indians.  But on June 8th, the team, led by Nomar and Troy O'Leary, put it all together for a 12-6 win over the Indians.  After going 6 for 7 with two home runs and four runs batted in, Mo Vaughn very well could have been muttering to himself after the Red Sox were swept by the Orioles, 7-2 and 4-2, in a doubleheader on June 10th, at Fenway Park.  After the double loss, for the next two weeks, the Sox got hot, winning 11 of 14 games played.

Led by Reggie Jefferson at the plate and Tom Gordon tossing a complete game, the Sox pounded the Orioles, 10-1, on June 11th.  In Detroit on June 22nd, Gordon again pitched a gem, beating the Tigers 2 to 1.

The season turned tabloid in June, when Wil Cordero, uncomfortable in the outfield and not hitting, was arrested for assaulting his wife. The Sox reluctantly bowed to community pressure and kept him out of the lineup for nearly two weeks. They brought him back and benched him again, when his wife made more allegations and Cordero laughed his way through an ESPN interview. Then Mo Vaughn had arthroscopic knee surgery and was also absent from the lineup.

The Sox then went up to Toronto and swept the Blue Jays.  On June 23rd they squeaked out a 7-6 win.  On June 24th, led by Nomar's four hits, the Sox won 9-6.  And finally on June 25th, in an exciting slugfest, the Sox emerged victorious, 13-12, with Nomar going 3 for 4.

 

NOMAR & MO VAUGHN

As July started, the Sox lost 7 of 10 and found themselves 18 games out of first. The Sox quickly went from bad to worse. Roger Clemens made his Fenway reappearance in a Toronto uniform on July 12th and struck out 16 men.

The Tigers came to Fenway Park on July 14th and the Sox unloaded their frustrations, scoring 18 runs on 21 hits, in a lopsided 18-4 win.

The Sox went on the road and on July 17th at Camden Yards, Mo Vaughn, on a night the Red Sox had 21 hits, delivered the biggest. An eighth-inning 425-foot, two-run home run into the Orioles' bullpen broke a 7-7 tie. The home run was Vaughn's 22nd of the season. John Valentin had four hits, and Vaughn, Reggie Jefferson, and Mike Stanley had three apiece, on a night that began with a game-time temperature of 101 degrees and when every Red Sox starter, save Jesus Tavarez, had at least one hit.

The next night, July 18th in Cleveland, Tim Wakefield threw a complete game shutout at the Indians, 7-0, for one of the top Sox pitching performances of the season.  Two nights later, Steve Avery limited the Tribe to 4 hits in a 3-1 Sox win.  Back at Fenway on July 24th, Jeff Suppan shut out Oakland, 3-0.  Nomar went 3 for 4 with a double, triple and a home run.

Off the field, it was Mo Vaughn making the news, when he was accused of punching a patron in a Rhode Island nightclub.

The Angels next came to Fenway and on July 26th, Mo Vaughn slammed a walk-off three run homer to give the Sox a come-from-behind 6 to 4 win.  The team notched another walk-off win the next night, on July 27th, as Wil Cordero capped a three run ninth inning comeback by driving in John Valentin with the game winner. The Sox had won 11 and lost 5 during the last two weeks of July and climbed out of last place.

The Sox continued to roll.  Rookie Jeff Suppan (5-0) shut out the Oakland A's on July 24th.  On July 29th, Tim Wakefield threw the second shutout in the last three games, beating Randy Johnson and the Mariners, 4 to 0.  Then it was another come-from-behind win on July 30th.  The Sox scored 3 runs in the bottom of the ninth after scoring two in the bottom of the eighth, to take the game into extra innings.  Nomar Garciaparra stroked a line drive single off the wall to score the winning run in probably the most exciting game of the season.  The sox won it 8 to 7.

 

At the end of July, Mo Vaughn was batting .326; Troy O'Leary batting .318; John Valentin was hitting .304;  and Reggie Jefferson at .363, but they were still 17 1/2 games behind.  On July 31st, the Red Sox traded pitcher Heathcliff Slocumb to the Seattle Mariners for Jason Varitek and Derek Lowe.

The Sox stayed hot as August began winning 7 of 9 games.  In Texas, on August 4th, Troy O'Leary's triple with the bases loaded and one out in the eighth inning, gave the Red Sox a 7-5 lead, and then Boston pushed across four more runs, to make it 11-5. Texas had lost six out of their last seven.

The Sox teed off on what passed for major league pitching, by clobbering the Rangers the next night, annihilating the Texas Frisbee-tossers, 17-1, in a 24-hit barrage.  Garciaparra was the most vaunted of the Red Sox hitters. The rookie went 4 for 7, with two doubles and a homer (his 20th) as Boston batted around in both the third and fourth innings. Garciaparra got two hits in the third inning, when the Red Sox scored eight runs and sent 14 players to the plate, and also helped key a four-run barrage in the fourth, when the Red Sox paraded a measly nine batters to the plate. Nomar's performance was magnificent. The rookie led the American League in hits, at-bats, multihit games, and triples.

Garciaparra continued in dramatic fashion on August 10th. Garciaparra, who had hit a two-run homer to extend his hitting streak to 13 games, blasted a double in the eighth, driving in Mike Benjamin with the go-ahead run in Boston's 6-4 victory over Kansas City.  The Sox were 20-12 since the All-Star break, thanks in large part to Nomar, who was hitting .307 and had scored 90 runs. At the end of August Nomar had run a hitting streak that ended at 30 games, four games from tying both Dom DiMaggio's club record and the major league record for longest hitting streak by a rookie.

On September 12th in Milwaukee, Nomar paced a power parade with two homers, giving him 28 and lifting his major league-record total for RBIs by a leadoff man to 90. Garciaparra reached yet another milestone when he hit the first of three homers off Brewers starter John D'Amico, a line drive to left on a 1-1 pitch to open the game. It was his sixth game-opening homer of the season, one of the top 10 such performances of all time, and he became the first Red Sox player on that list.

Jeff Frye was a valuable addition to the Red Sox.  Replacing the injured Tim Naehring at second base, Frye chipped in with many clutch hit, some of which won ball games.  On September 18th, he knocked in the Sox winning run to beat Roger Clemens and the Blue Jays. Frye was hitting .407 for the month (22 for 54) and was hitting .309 overall.

On September 20th, as the Red Sox went down to a 6-4 loss to Chicago, Nomar Garciaparra became the 10th player in club history to reach the 200 hit milestone with a two-run, seventh-inning single that tied the game, 3-3. Garciaparra then stole second and came around to score the fourth run on a single by Mo Vaughn Garciaparra was the first rookie to reach the milestone since Kevin Seitzer had 207 for Kansas City in 1987.

It was Nomar Garciaparra who saved the season. He hit his 30th home run, on September 27th in Toronto, and then added two more hits to break Johnny Pesky's 55-year-old club record for most hits by a rookie, 207. His emergence as one of baseball's premier shortstops may have well saved Jimmy Williams and Dan Duquette. No shortstop in club history had ever offered the combination of offense and defense that was shown by Garciaparra. Quiet and unassuming, and apparently allergic to touting his own accomplishments, Garciaparra was the perfect antidote to a season marked by scandal. He combined the best qualities of every Red Sox shortstop in history. He displayed Johnny Pesky's batting ability and demeanor. He had Rick Burleson's arm and the power of Vern Stephens and Rico Petrocelli. He had the range and speed of Luis Aparicio.  He was the rarest of players, particularly for the Red Sox. He was a five tool guy, who demonstrated the sixth sense of knowing how to keep his mouth shut.

 

MO VAUGHN

Mo Vaughn's inability to stay quiet dominated the last half of the season. His contract was due to expire and in June the Red Sox made him a multiyear offer for 8 1/2 million dollars per year. Vaughn and his agent never responded and in September Duquette and Vaughn clashed. Duquette gave Vaughn an ultimatum and vowed that he would never allow another front-line player to walk away and receive nothing in return, as had happened with Roger Clemens. He claimed the club's offer to Vaughn was fair, but Vaughn was equally stubborn. He thought his stature in the community, not to mention his ability, counted for something in spite of his recent troubles. He charged that the Red Sox were lying to the press about their offer, bad mouthing him in private, and having him followed by detectives. To him the issue was one of respect. And so the standoff continued through the end of the season.

In that 1997 season, only two players who would eventually play in the 2004 and 2007 postseasons, were on the Red Sox roster, Tim Wakefield and Jason Varitek.

Wakefield was a pitcher who had done so much with so little rest. He reached double figures in victories for the third straight year.  On September 24th, Jason Varitek made his major league debut in Detroit, as a pinch hitter, and got a base hit.

 

 

 
GAME LOG
  RECORD PLACE GB/GF OPPONENT   SCORE  PITCHER W/L
04/02/1997 1-0 1st -  at Anaheim Angels W 6-5 Pat Mahomes 1-0
04/03/1997 1-1 2nd -1  at Anaheim Angels L 2-0 Tim Wakefield 0-1
04/04/1997 2-1 2nd -1  at Seattle Mariners W 10-5 Aaron Sele 1-0
04/05/1997 3-1 2nd -1  at Seattle Mariners W 8-6 Ricky Trlicek 1-0
04/06/1997 3-2 2nd -1  at Seattle Mariners L 8-7 Ricky Trlicek 1-1
04/07/1997 3-3 2nd -1  at Oakland Athletics L 6-2 Tom Gordon 0-1
04/08/1997 4-3 2nd -1/2  at Oakland Athletics W 13-7 Ricky Trlicek 2-1
04/09/1997 4-2 2nd -1 1/2  at Oakland Athletics L 4-3 Ricky Trlicek 2-2
04/10/1997 4-2 2nd -1 1/2  
04/11/1997 4-5 4th -2 1/2  Seattle Mariners L 5-3 Steve Avery 0-1
04/12/1997 4-6 5th -3  Seattle Mariners L 5-1 Jim Corsi 0-1
04/13/1997 5-6 4th -3  Seattle Mariners W 7-1 Tom Gordon 1-1
04/14/1997 6-6 2nd -3  Oakland Athletics W 10-1 Tim Wakefield 1-1
04/15/1997 7-6 2nd -3  Oakland Athletics W 7-2 Aaron Sele 2-0
04/16/1997 8-6 2nd -2  Cleveland Indians W 11-6 Steve Avery 1-1
04/17/1997 8-7 2nd -3  Cleveland Indians L 4-3 Ricky Trlicek 2-3
04/18/1997 8-7 2nd -3  Baltimore Orioles pp  
04/19/1997 8-7 2nd -3  Baltimore Orioles pp  
04/20/1997 8-8 3rd -4  Baltimore Orioles L 11-1 Tom Gordon 1-2
04/21/1997 9-8 2nd -3  Baltimore Orioles W 4-2 Aaron Sele 3-0
04/22/1997 10-8 2nd -3  at Cleveland Indians W 8-2 Steve Avery 2-1
04/23/1997 10-9 2nd -3  at Cleveland Indians L 11-7 Ricky Trlicek 2-4
04/24/1997 11-9 2nd -2  at Baltimore Orioles W 2-1 Ricky Trlicek 3-4
04/25/1997 11-10 2nd -3  at Baltimore Orioles L 2-0 Tom Gordon 1-3
04/26/1997 11-11 2nd -4  at Baltimore Orioles L 14-5 Aaron Sele 3-1
04/27/1997 12-11 2nd -3  at Baltimore Orioles W 13-7 Butch Henry 1-0
04/28/1997 12-11 2nd -3  
04/29/1997 12-12 2nd -4  Anaheim Angels L 5-4 Butch Henry 1-1
04/30/1997 13-12 2nd -4  Anaheim Angels W 11-2 Chris Hammond 1-0
05/01/1997 13-12 2nd -4 1/2  Anaheim Angels pp  
05/02/1997 14-12 2nd -4 1/2  at Texas Rangers W 5-4 Butch Henry 2-1
05/03/1997 14-13 2nd -4 1/2  at Texas Rangers L 7-6 Heathcliff Slocumb 0-1
05/04/1997 14-14 3rd -5 1/2  at Texas Rangers L 7-6 Butch Henry 2-2
05/05/1997 14-15 4th -5 1/2  Kansas City Royals L 2-0 Chris Hammond 1-1
05/06/1997 14-16 4th -6 1/2  Kansas City Royals L 7-2 Tom Gordon 1-4
05/07/1997 15-16 4th -6 1/2  Minnesota Twins W 11-3 Aaron Sele 4-1
05/08/1997 15-17 4th -7 1/2  Minnesota Twins L 10-7 Rich Garces 0-1
05/09/1997 15-18 4th -7 1/2  Texas Rangers L 5-1 John Wasdin 0-1
05/10/1997 15-19 4th -7 1/2  Texas Rangers L 11-5 Heathcliff Slocumb 0-2
05/11/1997 15-20 4th -8 1/2  Texas Rangers L 8-6 Tom Gordon 1-5
05/12/1997 15-20 5th -9  
05/13/1997 15-21 5th -10  at Kansas City Royals L 9-0 Aaron Sele 4-2
05/14/1997 15-22 5th -10  at Kansas City Royals L 6-2 Tim Wakefield 1-2
05/15/1997 15-22 5th -9 1/2  at Kansas City Royals pp  
05/16/1997 15-23 5th -10  at Minnesota Twins L 11-5 Chris Hammond 1-2
05/17/1997 16-23 5th -10 1/2  at Minnesota Twins W 4-0 Tom Gordon 2-5
05/18/1997 16-24 5th -11 1/2  at Minnesota Twins L 7-5 Aaron Sele 4-3
05/19/1997 16-24 5th -11 1/2  
05/20/1997 16-25 5th -12 1/2  at Chicago White Sox L 10-1 Tim Wakefield 4-3
05/21/1997 16-26 5th -13 1/2  at Chicago White Sox L 10-5 Chris Hammond 1-3
05/22/1997 17-26 5th -13  at New York Yankees W 8-2 Tom Gordon 3-5
05/23/1997 18-26 5th -12  at New York Yankees W 9-3 Aaron Sele 5-3
05/24/1997 18-27 5th -13  at New York Yankees L 4-2 John Wasdin 0-2
05/25/1997 18-27 5th -12 1/2  at New York Yankees pp  
05/26/1997 19-27 5th -12 1/2  Milwaukee Brewers W 3-2 Chris Hammond 2-3
05/27/1997 20-27 5th -12 1/2  Milwaukee Brewers W 7-6 Jim Corsi 1-1
05/28/1997 21-27 5th -12 1/2  Chicago White Sox W 5-3 Aaron Sele 6-3
05/29/1997 21-28 5th -13  Chicago White Sox L 5-2 John Wasdin 0-3
05/30/1997 22-28 5th -13  New York Yankees W 10-4 Chris Hammond 3-3
05/31/1997 22-29 5th -14  New York Yankees L 7-2 Tim Wakefield 1-4
06/01/1997 22-30 5th -14 1/2  New York Yankees L 11-6 Kerry Lacy 0-1
06/02/1997 22-31 5th -15  New York Yankees L 5-2 Aaron Sele 6-4
06/03/1997 22-32 5th -16  at Milwaukee Brewers L 6-4 Heathcliff Slocumb 0-3
06/04/1997 22-33 5th -17  at Milwaukee Brewers L 13-12 Mark Brandenberg 0-1
06/05/1997 23-33 5th -16 1/2  at Milwaukee Brewers W 2-1 Tim Wakefield 2-4
06/06/1997 23-34 5th -16 1/2  Cleveland Indians L 7-3 Tom Gordon 3-6
06/07/1997 24-34 5th -16 1/2  Cleveland Indians L 9-5 Aaron Sele 6-5
06/08/1997 24-35 5th -16 1/2  Cleveland Indians W 12-6 Joe Hudson 1-0
06/09/1997 24-35 5th -17  
06/10/1997 24-36 5th -18  Baltimore Orioles L 7-2 Vaughn Eshelman 0-1
24-37 5th -19 L 4-2 Tim Wakefield 2-5
06/11/1997 25-37 5th -18  Baltimore Orioles W 10-1 Tom Gordon 4-6
06/12/1997 26-37 5th -17  Baltimore Orioles W 9-5 Aaron Sele 7-5
06/13/1997 27-37 5th -17  at New York Mets W 8-4 Jeff Suppan 1-0
06/14/1997 27-38 5th -18  at New York Mets L 5-2 Tim Wakefield 2-6
06/15/1997 28-38 5th -18  at New York Mets W 10-1 Vaughn Eshelman 1-1
06/16/1997 29-38 5th -17  Philadelphia Phillies W 5-4 John Wasdin 1-3
06/17/1997 30-38 4th -17  Philadelphia Phillies W 12-6 Aaron Sele 8-5
06/18/1997 31-38 4th -16  Philadelphia Phillies W 4-2 Jeff Suppan 2-0
06/19/1997 31-38 4th -16  
06/20/1997 31-39 5th -16  at Detroit Tigers L 12-6 Tim Wakefield 2-7
06/21/1997 31-40 5th -17  at Detroit Tigers L 15-4 Vaughn Eshelman 1-2
06/22/1997 32-40 5th -17  at Detroit Tigers W 2-1 Tom Gordon 5-6
06/23/1997 33-40 4th -16  at Toronto Blue Jays W 7-6 Aaron Sele 9-5
06/24/1997 34-40 4th -16  at Toronto Blue Jays W 9-6 John Wasdin 2-3
06/25/1997 35-40 3rd -16  at Toronto Blue Jays W 13-12 Tim Wakefield 3-7
06/26/1997 35-41 4th -16  Detroit Tigers L 10-6 Vaughn Eshelman 1-3
06/27/1997 35-42 4th -16  Detroit Tigers L 2-1 Chris Hammond 3-4
06/28/1997 35-43 4th -15  Detroit Tigers L 9-2 Aaron Sele 9-6
06/29/1997 36-43 4th -15  Detroit Tigers W 8-6 John Wasdin 3-3
06/30/1997 36-44 5th -16  Florida Marlins L 8-5 Tim Wakefield 3-8
07/01/1997 37-44 5th -16  Florida Marlins W 9-2 Vaughn Eshelman 2-3
07/02/1997 37-45 5th -17  Florida Marlins L 3-2 Tom Gordon 5-7
07/03/1997 38-45 5th -17  at Chicago White Sox W 4-1 Aaron Sele 10-6
07/04/1997 38-46 5th -17 1/2  at Chicago White Sox L 6-5 Heathcliff Slocumb 0-4
07/05/1997 38-47 5th -17 1/2  at Chicago White Sox L 11-8 Steve Avery 2-2
07/06/1997 38-48 5th -17 1/2  at Chicago White Sox L 6-5 Tim Wakefield 3-9
07/07/1997  All Star Game Break
07/08/1997
07/09/1997
07/10/1997 39-48 5th -17  Toronto Blue Jays W 8-7 Vaughn Eshelman 3-3
07/11/1997 39-49 5th -17  Toronto Blue Jays L 8-4 John Wasdin 3-4
07/12/1997 39-50 5th -17  Toronto Blue Jays L 3-1 Aaron Sele 10-7
07/13/1997 39-51 5th -17  Toronto Blue Jays L 3-2 Tim Wakefield 3-10
07/14/1997 40-51 5th -17  Detroit Tigers W 18-4 Jeff Suppan 3-0
07/15/1997 40-52 5th -18  Detroit Tigers L 7-5 John Wasdin 3-5
07/16/1997 41-52 5th -17  at Baltimore Orioles W 4-1 Steve Avery 3-2
07/17/1997 42-52 5th -16  at Baltimore Orioles W 12-9 Ron Mahay 1-0
07/18/1997 43-52 5th -15  at Cleveland Indians W 7-0 Tim Wakefield 4-10
07/19/1997 44-52 5th -15  at Cleveland Indians W 6-3 Jeff Suppan 4-0
07/20/1997 44-53 5th -15  at Cleveland Indians L 7-2 Tom Gordon 5-8
07/21/1997 45-53 5th -15  at Cleveland Indians W 3-1 Steve Avery 4-2
07/22/1997 46-53 5th -15  Oakland Athletics W 4-3 Butch Henry 3-2
07/23/1997 46-54 5th -16  Oakland Athletics L 5-2 Tim Wakefield 4-11
07/24/1997 47-54 5th -15  Oakland Athletics W 3-0 Jeff Suppan 5-0
07/25/1997 47-55 5th -16  Anaheim Angels L 5-4 Tom Gordon 5-9
47-56 5th -16 L 8-5 Tim Wakefield 4-12
07/26/1997 48-56 5th -16  Anaheim Angels W 7-6 Butch Henry 4-2
07/27/1997 49-56 5th -16  Anaheim Angels W 6-5 Ron Mahay 2-0
07/28/1997 49-56 5th -16 1/2  
07/29/1997 50-56 5th -16 1/2  Seattle Mariners W 4-0 Tim Wakefield 5-12
07/30/1997 51-56 4th -16 1/2  Seattle Mariners W 8-7 Jim Corsi 2-1
07/31/1997 51-57 4th -17 1/2  at Kansas City Royals L 3-2 Heathcliff Slocumb 0-5
08/01/1997 52-57 4th -16 1/2  at Kansas City Royals W 10-3 Steve Avery 5-2
08/02/1997 52-58 4th -17 1/2  at Kansas City Royals L 10-3 Aaron Sele 10-8
08/03/1997 52-59 5th -18 1/2  at Kansas City Royals L 5-2 Tim Wakefield 5-13
08/04/1997 53-59 3rd -18  at Texas Rangers W 11-5 Butch Henry 5-2
08/05/1997 54-59 3rd -17  at Texas Rangers W 17-1 Tom Gordon 6-9
08/06/1997 55-59 3rd -17  at Minnesota Twins W 5-2 Tim Wakefield 6-13
08/07/1997 56-59 3rd -16 1/2  at Minnesota Twins W 7-6 Aaron Sele 11-8
08/08/1997 57-59 3rd -16 1/2  Kansas City Royals W 8-2 Steve Avery 6-2
08/09/1997 57-60 3rd -16 1/2  Kansas City Royals L 9-2 Jeff Suppan 5-1
08/10/1997 58-60 3rd -16 1/2  Kansas City Royals W 6-4 Jim Corsi 3-1
08/11/1997 58-61 3rd -17  Texas Rangers L 8-3 Tim Wakefield 6-14
08/12/1997 58-62 4th -18  Texas Rangers L 12-2 Aaron Sele 11-9
08/13/1997 58-63 4th -18  Texas Rangers L 7-6 Steve Avery 6-3
08/14/1997 59-63 4th -17 1/2  Minnesota Twins W 6-1 Jeff Suppan 6-1
08/15/1997 60-63 3rd -17  Minnesota Twins W 5-4 Kerry Lacy 1-1
08/16/1997 61-63 3rd -17  Minnesota Twins W 12-4 Tim Wakefield 7-14
08/17/1997 62-63 3rd -17  Minnesota Twins W 10-5 Aaron Sele 12-9
08/18/1997 62-63 3rd -17  
08/19/1997 62-63 3rd -17 1/2  at Oakland Athletics pp  
08/20/1997 63-63 3rd -17 1/2  at Oakland Athletics W 7-5 Tim Wakefield 8-14
64-63 3rd -17 W 5-4 Joe Hudson 2-0
08/21/1997 64-64 3rd -18  at Oakland Athletics L 13-6 Steve Avery 6-4
08/22/1997 64-65 3rd -19  at Anaheim Angels L 8-5 Bret Saberhagen 0-1
08/23/1997 64-66 3rd -20  at Anaheim Angels L 6-1 Aaron Sele 12-10
08/24/1997 65-66 3rd -20  at Anaheim Angels W 3-2 Tim Wakefield 9-14
08/25/1997 66-66 3rd -19 1/2  at Seattle Mariners W 9-8 Joe Hudson 3-0
08/26/1997 66-67 3rd -19 1/2  at Seattle Mariners L 8-2 Steve Avery 6-5
08/27/1997 67-67 3rd -19 1/2  at Seattle Mariners W 9-5 John Wasdin 4-5
08/28/1997 67-67 3rd -19  
08/29/1997 67-68 3rd -20  Atlanta Braves L 9-1 Aaron Sele 12-11
08/30/1997 67-69 3rd -20  Atlanta Braves L 15-2 Tim Wakefield 9-15
08/31/1997 67-70 3rd -20  Atlanta Braves L 7-3 Steve Avery 6-6
09/01/1997 67-71 3rd -20  at Montreal Expos L 4-2 Joe Hudson 3-1
09/02/1997 67-72 3rd -20  at Montreal Expos L 6-5 Mark Brandenberg 0-2
09/03/1997 67-73 3rd -20  at Montreal Expos L 1-0 Aaron Sele 12-12
09/04/1997 67-73 3rd -20 1/2  
09/05/1997 67-74 3rd -21 1/2  Milwaukee Brewers L 7-1 Jeff Suppan 6-2
09/06/1997 68-74 4th -21 1/2  Milwaukee Brewers W 10-2 Tim Wakefield 10-15
09/07/1997 69-74 4th -20 1/2  Milwaukee Brewers W 11-2 Butch Henry 6-2
09/08/1997 69-74 4th -21  
09/09/1997 69-75 5th -21  New York Yankees L 8-6 Derek Lowe 2-5
09/10/1997 70-75 3rd -20 1/2  New York Yankees W 5-2 Aaron Sele 13-12
09/11/1997 70-75 3rd -20  
09/12/1997 71-75 4th -19  at Milwaukee Brewers W 4-2 Jeff Suppan 7-2
09/13/1997 72-75 3rd -19  at Milwaukee Brewers W 2-1 Tim Wakefield 11-15
09/14/1997 73-75 3rd -18  at Milwaukee Brewers W 2-1 Butch Henry 7-2
09/15/1997 74-76 4th -18 1/2  at New York Yankees L 7-6 Jim Corsi 3-2
09/16/1997 74-77 4th -19 1/2  at New York Yankees L 2-0 John Wasdin 4-6
74-78 4th -19 1/2 L 4-3 Robinson Checo 0-1
09/17/1997 74-78 4th -18 1/2  Toronto Blue Jays W 4-3 Ron Mahay 3-0
09/18/1997 75-78 4th -18 1/2  Toronto Blue Jays W 3-2 Jim Corsi 4-2
09/19/1997 75-79 4th -18 1/2  Chicago White Sox L 5-4 Derek Lowe 2-6
09/20/1997 75-80 4th -19 1/2  Chicago White Sox L 6-4 Steve Avery 6-7
09/21/1997 76-80 4th -18 1/2  Chicago White Sox W 5-2 Jim Corsi 5-2
09/22/1997 76-80 4th -18  
09/23/1997 76-81 4th -19  at Detroit Tigers L 6-0 Jeff Suppan 7-3
09/24/1997 77-81 4th -19  at Detroit Tigers W 9-2 Tim Wakefield 12-15
09/25/1997 78-81 4th -18  at Detroit Tigers W 3-1 Robinson Checo 1-1
09/26/1997 78-82 4th -18  at Toronto Blue Jays L 3-0 Butch Henry 7-3
09/27/1997 78-83 4th -19  at Toronto Blue Jays L 12-5 Jim Corsi 5-3
09/28/1997 78-84 4th -20  at Toronto Blue Jays L 3-2 Tom Gordon 6-10
  
1997 RED SOX BATTING & PITCHING
 
 

 

 

FINAL 1997 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

Baltimore Orioles 98 64 -

 

 

New York Yankees 96 66 2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 79 83 19

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 78 84 20

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays 76 86 22

 

 

 
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